St. George’s University and Rutgers University Launch Joint Veterinary Partnership

St. George’s University and Rutgers University today announced a new pre-veterinary program partnership in which select students with a Bachelor of Science in animal science from Rutgers may gain direct entrance into St. George’s School of Veterinary Medicine. This new pathway further demonstrates SGU long standing relationship with the State of New Jersey and academic institutions and hospitals the field of medical and veterinary education… "The Animal Sciences program at Rutgers University has a long history of successfully preparing our students for admission to schools of veterinary medicine," said Dr. Larry Katz, Senior Associate Director, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Director, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and Professor, Animal Sciences… "This new relationship with St. George’s University provides a unique opportunity to offer qualified candidates the exciting opportunity to study veterinary medicine in a stimulating setting alongside students with diverse international backgrounds."

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Rutgers Launches New Fostering Program for Rescue Horses

Pictured with Dr. Sarah Ralston is Bling, a “sweet and sassy” 6-year-old unregistered Arabian mare who is being fostered from the Arabian Rescue Mission.

Pictured with Prof. Sarah Ralston is Bling, a 6-year-old unregistered Arabian mare who is being fostered from the Arabian Rescue Mission. Photo by Carey Williams.

Creating a sustainable equine teaching program on a suburban university’s campus requires considerable ingenuity since keeping a horse on campus is very expensive. Maintaining a herd dedicated for teaching and outreach can easily cause a budget to go in “the red.” However, the Department of Animal Sciences on the Rutgers Cook Campus came up with a creative solution, which involves “fostering” horses from equine rescue/placement programs and seeking sponsors to help pay for their per-diem costs. Some of the fostered horses will be available for adoption after the Ag Field Day Horse Show on Rutgers Day in late April, leaving a core herd of four horses for teaching and outreach throughout the year.

This new and exciting addition to the department’s Equine Teaching program is called the Rutgers University Teaching Herd (RUTH): Fostering Horses for Teaching and Extension. The eight horses in RUTH will allow faculty to expand students’ hands-on learning experiences and service in outreach. The horses will be dedicated solely to outreach endeavors, such as clinics and treadmill demonstrations, and teaching activities in didactic (classroom-based) courses like Horse Management and Comparative Anatomy and experience-based classes including Horse Practicum and Animal Handling, Fitting and Exhibition. In the latter course, students learn how to groom and train horses for in-hand exhibition on Ag Field Day. [Read more…]

It’s a Win/Win for Rutgers Students and Foster Horses

A new Rutgers University program involves a mutually beneficial human/equine relationship: it offers students an educational experience, while giving horses in need a chance to find homes… It’s the product of brainstorming to address animal science professor Sarah Ralston’s lack of access to horses for teaching… Department chair Wendie Cohick suggested getting horses just for teaching, and it was determined a year-round herd of four horses for that purpose and outreach, such as clinics, would be ideal. But even more horses were needed for Ag Field Day in New Brunswick at 10 a.m. April 25, a chance for students to show off their horses and what they have learned… "So many horses out there need homes, and most of the placements and rescues are full to the gills. If we take on even two or three horses, then we open up two or three spots for their parent organizations."… Associate Professor of Animal Sciences and Extension Specialist Carey Williams noted, "The students are winning by getting to interact with different breeds and different types of horses from different backgrounds. These horses may or may not know what we are asking them to do, so approaching each one differently might be necessary… Anyone interested in seeing the horses in the Rutgers University Teaching Herd (RUTH) before Ag Field Day can attend the "Meet RUTH" get-together on the Cook Campus in New Brunswick from 1-3 p.m. April 11.

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Area Student Addresses Ag Convention

Kristianne Dowd of Freehold, the New Jersey State FFA president, told delegates to the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention on Feb. 4 in Atlantic City that they need to be proactive and tell their story… "If product messaging is leading to misunderstanding, we must do something about it," Dowd said. "It is up to us to be the truth and tell our story about agriculture."… Dowd urged the delegates to encourage high school students to choose careers in agriculture and to take advantage of CASE (Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education) courses. CASE is a science-, mathand technology-based agriculture education program, according to the press release… Dowd attends Rutgers University and is studying agriculture and food sciences with aspirations of becoming an agriculture teacher.

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An Equine Intervention: Rutgers Students Team up With Horses in Need of New Homes

Horses in need of re-homing and animal science students — perfect together. That’s the idea behind the new Rutgers University Teaching Herd (RUTH): Fostering horses for teaching and outreach program. These horses, fostered at Rutgers for the spring semester, will be trained and shown by students at Ag Field Day on April 25. Representatives from their parent equine rescue/placement organizations will be on hand to accept adoption applications after the horse show… Rutgers professor, Dr. Sarah Ralston stressed that this was not a continuation of the Young Horse Teaching and Research Program, which went on hiatus two years ago after a decade of success. This new herd is strictly for teaching and outreach purposes… Dr. Wendie Cohick, chair of the Department of Animal Sciences, came up with the idea for the teaching herd. "As any horse owner knows, it is very expensive to have horses — and a primary reason why many horse lovers don’t own horses," said Cohick… Rutgers Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Dr. Carey Williams noted that students will be using the teaching horses in a variety of ways.

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